HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Tom O’Neil

Multi-Award Winning Inspirational Speaker & Bestselling International Author


  • The 1% Principle
  • Light Bulb Moments: Breakthrough Moments That Change How We Think and What We Do
  • Just Do It: 12 Powerful Keys to Get and Stay Motivated
  • 7 Keys to Successful Personal Branding
  • Success Through Failure



Tom O’Neil is a best-selling international author, multi award-winning motivational speaker and has been featured more than 200 times in various media including the Harvard Business Review, the Economist, Daily Mail, Asia Pacific Times, The Gulf News and Management Magazine. O’Neil is also a leading national business columnist for his country’s largest newspaper.

O’Neil’s personal development guide, The 1% Principle (HarperCollins) was released in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and NZ, and reached No 21 on the Amazon.co.uk ‘Best Seller List’ and No. 4 on their ‘Business Books’ list.  His new book You’re Hired – The Essential Guide to Personal Branding and Job Hunting, has just been released in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ, and is the basis for his keynote ‘7 Keys to Successful Personal Branding’. O’Neil is also an international contributor (2008 – 2017) to the world’s best-selling personal development guide ‘What Color is Your Parachute?’ (11 million copies sold), with his work being translated into thirteen languages, including Chinese, German, Turkish and Russian.

O’Neil’s presentations include:

The 1% Principle – Improving your performance TODAY!
Based on O’Neil’s international HarperCollins best-seller, small daily improvement leads to massive medium term change!   ‘What is one thing I can do today to improve my business and my life by 1%?’

Goal Getting – Not Goal Setting!
Core principles for effective goal planning and achievement in your organisation. Introduction to O’Neil’s COMPASS Goal Achievement Programme©.

Light-Bulb Moments -Breakthrough moments that change how we think and what we do!
As the NZ Herald Business and Employment Columnist, O’Neil’s column ‘Light-Bulb Moments’ highlights incredible moments of learning from national business and cultural leaders. This is bought alive in this presentation, allowing your audience insight into their own light-bulb moments, and ways to tap into that flash of incredible breakthrough.

Just Do It – 12 powerful keys to get and stay motivated
Ensure your team takes accountability for their decision making and are motivated to get things achieved today, not tomorrow!

10 Secrets to Successful Personal Branding
Effective personal branding & career leadership. Based on his international book ‘Selling Yourself to Employers’, O’Neil shares with your team the fundamental principles to brand and sell yourself professionally to employers. Suitable for outplacement programmes.

Success Through Failure’ -How great failure can lead to great success!
O’Neil looks at great successes in history, who started out failing greatly. Finding key themes in their success, this topic highlights 7 keys you and your team can implement to go to the next level!

Tailored keynotes to meet your specific requirements

O’Neil is the former National Vice President of the National Speakers Association of New Zealand, and has a strong background working closely with a wide range of individuals from students through to CEOs. Clients include individuals from leading international organizations such as Microsoft, Fonterra, IBM, HSBC, Deloitte, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Emirates. He has developed tailored solutions for clients living in the USA, UK, Germany, Israel, South Africa, Brazil, South Korea, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

O’Neil is qualified in Psychology and has 20 years’ experience in both the Human Resources and Recruitment industries. A former Management Consultant in Human Resources and Trainer for Deloitte, O’Neil has appeared numerous times on national TV, radio and newspapers relating to career leadership and improving your personal performance.

Praise for Tom O'Neil:

"Your live webinar "Selling yourself to employers" was received very well by our audience of prospective MBA students, and was attended by more than 90 people across the world. You offered universal advice on preparing resumes/CV's that stand out from the crowd. Your recommendations applied to all of our event attendees, no matter where they are in the business school application or job-seeking process."
--Elizabeth Pace, Marketing Manager, The Economist Group

“Tom is the consummate professional. In every presentation he seeks to both inspire  his audience my further develop himself.”
--Lauren Hughes, National Development Manager, CDANZ

“Tom’s presentation skills were amazing and his topic on goal setting was inspiring. The audience was captivated and we all now have goals and challenges to work towards. Thank you Tom!"
--Kasturi Naicker, President: AAPNZ, Auckland Group

“WOW! Tom can grab and engage an audience seamlessly! We were captivated by Tom's ability to relate powerful information in an easy to understand manner. It is rare to meet a successful expert who is highly skilled, but also humble, approachable, with a great sense of humour.”
--Deb Scott – Nashville Radio Host, The Best People We Know Show! USA

“Tom genuinely cares about providing tangible value to audiences and does so in a way that has them chuckling whilst learning and totally enjoying his presentation. Tom is engaging, professional, highly skilled and a pleasure to listen to. An absolute Pro!!”
--Hannah Samuel, International Speaker & Author

“To talk to Tom is, in and of itself, an amazing experience. He genuinely wants to share his information with others and truly has a passion for helping others. I highly recommend Tom for anyone who has made goals and not yet achieved them. He can turn your goals in to reality."
--Dr. Joyce Knudsen - President/CEO, The ImageMaker, Inc USA ®

“Tom was amazing. There are some people who just have a natural affinity for an audience - Tom is one of those speakers!   He is very humorous in his approach, and gets his key messages across in a fun and engaging way. Tom knows his subject, is professional and brings a genuine and enthusiastic approach to his presentation.”
--Ann Andrews, Managing Director, Corporate Toolbox

“We loved Tom’s personal touch.   He is engaging and warm, and at the same time challenges the audience to improve their business and go further. Tom’s advice is timely and very usable for every business today.”
--Chloe Boerema – PR & Marketing Manager, Servcorp International

“Tom absolutely impressed me. He was authentic, generous, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, humorous, and professional. Tom is very passionate about helping others to achieve their goals and has the commitment and energy to motivate you on your way!”
--Sally Mabelle – National President, National Speakers Association NZ